LOOK 1954

Historical Highlights of 1954 …

  • The arrest of Rosa Parks in Montgomery Alabama starts the American Civil Rights Movement in Motion.
  • Bill Haley and His Comets record “Rock Around the Clock” in New York City for Decca Records.
  • Popular films include: “On the Waterfront”, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, “0,000 Leagues Under the Sea”.
  • Famous Births … Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Elvis Costello, Denzel Washington
  • Deaths … Henri Matisse, Enrico Fermi
  • Former Yankees great Joe DiMaggio marries legendary actress Marilyn Monroe. First sub 4 minute mile run by Roger Bannister.
  • Life Magazine cost 20 cents.
  • Three Hurricanes strike in the US, including Hurricane Hazel one of the worst hurricanes of the 20th century.
  • First commercial nuclear power station goes online at Obninsk, Russia.
  • The first mass vaccination of children against polio begins.

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